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Old 03-30-2018, 07:15 AM
 
Location: The 719
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It never fails, our traffic problems out on the road are expressed 100% in these boards as it is out on the roads.

Our problems with driving and with each other are our attitudes. We are each individually more important than, smarter than, and more compliant than the other people out there.

We each deserve an open road. I'm more in a hurry to get to work than you and I'm more important than you when I get there anyway.

We are inconsiderate, intolerant, impatient, unwilling to follow the letter of the law until there's a cop on our ass.

Once they get out of our way, it's back to Me first, get outta my way.

Motorcycles don't belong on the road, the pipes are too loud, waa waa waa. What a laugh.

With a cdl, I'm trained to and required to stop far enough back from a vehicle such that I can see where their rear tires meet the road. See how many times you do this next time you drive, especially if you're driving an 18 wheeler, fed ex express truck, etc.
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Now, my experience in central FL last fall was the complete opposite. Everyone was driving quite sanely if not even slower than limits, following signage and signals most of the times I was on the road in most places I was driving. Even an interstate detour saw people doing a great job of alternating access to the side road.

Guess its all timing and location.

On the other hand, I agree with others about red light runners and tailgaters. They seem to be everywhere, but like MFBE says, we all like to vent about it because everybody else on the road is either a maniac speed demon or a g-damn slow poke. We are all perfect drivers, of course.
If you're always getting tailgated maybe you should consider doing one of two things, mash down on the right pedal with your right foot or get over to the right lane.

If you're moseying along and see that you're convoying along with the vehicles next to you and thusly blocking off people behind you from getting by, don't be surprised when they wave at you without using all of their four fingers. They may even wave other things at you. Life is full of surprises.

It's pretty simple stuff. The time spent on hold listening to the most annoying music possible while waiting for customer service is directly proportional to your level of courtesy while driving out in traffic.

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Old 03-31-2018, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Cool philosophy. I'm rarely on hold.
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Old 03-31-2018, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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If you're always getting tailgated maybe you should consider doing one of two things, mash down on the right pedal with your right foot or get over to the right lane.
Um, no. Because I'd be the one pulled over for speeding. So unless the tailgater is willing to pay my fines and/or go to traffic school to keep those dings off my record, he can drive behind me or find a way to go around. And there's no use telling people to get over to the right lane. I've personally been tailgated many times in the right lane. Short of pulling over to drive on the shoulder, there isn't much a person can do.

Now if the whole traffic pattern is going 10 or 15 miles over speed limit, I'll speed up. But not for one lousy tailgater.
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Old 03-31-2018, 08:11 PM
 
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Um, no. Because I'd be the one pulled over for speeding. So unless the tailgater is willing to pay my fines and/or go to traffic school to keep those dings off my record, he can drive behind me or find a way to go around. And there's no use telling people to get over to the right lane. I've personally been tailgated many times in the right lane. Short of pulling over to drive on the shoulder, there isn't much a person can do.

Now if the whole traffic pattern is going 10 or 15 miles over speed limit, I'll speed up. But not for one lousy tailgater.
And that attitude is why you get tailgated. At least you donít live here. The law is pass or move right.
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Old 03-31-2018, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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And that attitude is why you get tailgated. At least you don’t live here. The law is pass or move right.
Didn't I just say I was in the right lane?
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Old 04-01-2018, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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And that attitude is why you get tailgated. At least you donít live here. The law is pass or move right.
Since when is someone required to exceed the speed limit?
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Old 04-01-2018, 12:39 PM
 
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Iíve only been here a year but I donít see any difference in driver behavior here than anywhere else. Some drive too fast, some drive too slow and everyone is on their phone.
So now I drive a big truck so Iíll survive the eventual accident when someone runs a red light and hits me.
I used to worry too much about gas mileage to consider buying a large vehicle (truck or suv), but now because of all the crazy drivers on the road, I am planning on ditching my sedan in favor of a large pick-up or suv -- mainly for safety reasons. I just don't feel safe driving around in a regular car anymore.
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Old 04-01-2018, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I used to worry too much about gas mileage to consider buying a large vehicle (truck or suv), but now because of all the crazy drivers on the road, I am planning on ditching my sedan in favor of a large pick-up or suv -- mainly for safety reasons. I just don't feel safe driving around in a regular car anymore.
Perhaps this is one reason I see so many people driving full size pickups as commuters.

Very few are either towing or hauling anything.
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Old 04-01-2018, 03:14 PM
 
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I used to worry too much about gas mileage to consider buying a large vehicle (truck or suv), but now because of all the crazy drivers on the road, I am planning on ditching my sedan in favor of a large pick-up or suv -- mainly for safety reasons. I just don't feel safe driving around in a regular car anymore.
Back in Fairfax County we had an ER doctor who saw the carnage from drunk drivers come into his ER on a regular basis. He made it a point to drive only 1976 Cadillacs, the largest ones ever made, over 5000 pounds of steel wrapped around him as a shield.
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Old 04-01-2018, 07:22 PM
 
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Since when is someone required to exceed the speed limit?
Since most traffic goes over the speed limit, going the speed limit does not justify being in the left lane.
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